Editor’s Note: So, I had to give a short introduction to this article. At a poverty advocacy meeting, this older gentleman over-heard me talking about TwoCents.co and said he would love to contribute. He doesn’t even own a computer, so he wrote out this article on paper and my wife typed it out. With that understanding, enjoy!
FAITH is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11-1) Paul Tillich describes faith as your ultimate concern. God’s plan for our finances is clearly disclosed in the many references the Bible has to money. II Corinthians 8 and 9 are very specific: “It is better to sow generously and reap generously.”
Living in the “tyranny of the moment”, makes it difficult to determine ultimate concern. Living in abundance makes it difficult to determine ultimate concern because it is easy to allow the possession of money to control your life. Rich or poor we have similar challenge: How to discern God’s will for us and do it.
Rich or poor, it is clear that Christians living outside of God’s economic shelter will suffer greatly and need less. Can you think of someone who is poor and you know it doesn’t have to be the way for them? Can you think of someone who is rich, yet every moment of their life appears to be without joy?
God made Abraham rich and He is for our being prosperous. God does not want money to satisfy every earthly desire, corrupt us or have us hoard it.
Christians may read clear directives from God and harvest a marvelous spiritual revelation, tangent to what the Bible passage says. Often God’s Word contains much more than a single lesson. Several examples that come to mind are: the parable of The Prodigal Son, Jesus rebuking the “Lookers” and when the ill man was lowered through the thatch roof to the feet of Jesus.
God tells us to tithe, that’s the first lesson. Sometimes Jesus used superlatives to emphasize His meanings. If my spiritual knowledge of ancient money is correct, when others were comparing the widow’s mite to the gifts of the Pharisees, He was comparing several million dollars to a few pennies. Also, another lesson comparison is a camel through the eye of a needle..
Past societies and their economics collapse, not because of their capacity but rather because of their attitudes. Today, the same truth applies. The further we drift from God’s Word, anything goes. Friends with benefits borrowing without regard for repayment unless it is convenient for us to do so, for example: we accumulate money as if we were going to take it with us. Paul points out that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” I Timothy 6:10
Whether you give a widow’s mite or a million, GIVE joyfulling. Where you do your attitude allows you to come closer to God’s plan for you. Because of it’s tangibility, money is a testing ground for being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.